Veteran Sun Chronicle staff writer Rick Foster was named Reporter of the Year as the newspaper and its sister paper collected 15 awards Saturday at the New England Newspaper & Press Association's annual convention in Boston.
Foster collected two other prizes, a first place for General News Story and a first place for Social Issues Feature Story.
The awards capped off a weekend of recognition for The Sun Chronicle, as on Friday, the newspaper's former publisher, Oreste P. D'Arconte, became the press association's latest inductee into the New England Newspaper Hall of Fame.
"I think it's terrific that NENPA and the entire New England journalism community recognizes his outstanding work not only this year but over many years," Sun Chronicle Editor Mike Kirby said. "The Attleboro area has benefited greatly from his hard work and professionalism, which result in informative and compelling stories."
Foster has been a working journalist for most of the past 40 years, having spent the past two decades as a reporter for The Sun Chronicle. His first experience with the paper was as a co-op student while attending Northeastern University during the 1970s.
Foster has covered a variety of beats and assignments, from features to investigative reporting during a career that has included stints at publications throughout Southeastern Massachusetts and Rhode Island. He also served as editor of the Silver City Bulletin and the Walpole Times.
Outside the office, Foster has worked in various capacities to promote arts and cultural programming in Attleboro and has appeared as a trumpet player with The Dixie Diehards and other traditional jazz bands. He and his wife Lorraine live in Attleboro.
Assistant Managing Editor for Features Ken Ross collected three awards on Saturday: a third place for Arts & Entertainment Section for his work on the Thursday GO section, a third place for Community Involvement for his work in getting high school students to write for Tuesday's The Page feature section, and a first place for Headline Writing.
Photo Editor Mark Stockwell earned a third place and an honorable mention in the Best Sports Photo category.
Assistant Sports Editor Danny Crandall also collected two awards, a first place for Best Living Page or Section and a first place for Best Sports Page or Section.
Frank Mortimer, who covers Foxboro for The Sun Chronicle and its sister paper The Foxboro Reporter, was honored twice, a third place for Human Interest Feature Story for The Sun Chronicle and a first place for The Foxboro Reporter.
Kassmin Williams, a former staff writer for The Sun Chronicle who still writes for the paper as a correspondent, received a second place for Business/Economic Reporting.
Tom Rist, The Sun Chronicle's web developer, also received a first place for Best Mobile App.